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Researchers Honored For Influential Contributions to Software Engineering Field
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Researchers Honored For Influential Contributions to Software Engineering Field

"Bandera: Extracting Finite-State Models From Java Source Code," published in 2000, received the Most Influential Paper Award at the recent International Conference...

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Iran Denies Malware Connection to Nuclear Delay

Iranian officials announced Monday that a "small leak" was the cause of the latest setback to starting up its first nuclear power plant, and said the delay had...

Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
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Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics

Two decades after global competition drove the mines in this corner of Japan to extinction, Kosaka is again abuzz with talk of new riches.

Power Hackers: The U.s. Smart Grid Is Shaping Up to Be Dangerously Insecure
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Power Hackers: The U.s. Smart Grid Is Shaping Up to Be Dangerously Insecure

Achieving greater efficiency and control of the electricity grid requires hooking almost every aspect of it up to the Internet, making it more vulnerable to cyber...

Tapping the Powers of Persuasion
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Tapping the Powers of Persuasion

B.J. Fogg's lab at Stanford focuses on the ways technology can influence behavior.

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University Startup Creation, Licensing Activity Strong Despite Downturn

In fiscal year 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession, 596 new U.S. companies were formed as a result of university research, according to new survey data from...

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One Goal: 10 Quadrillion Calculations

Installation has begun in Kobe, Japan, on a government-funded supercomputer project, aimed at giving Japan the world's fastest computer, the "K Computer," which...

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Iran Detains 'Spies' As It Moves to Ease Fears Over Stuxnet Cyber Attack

Intelligence chief blames western powers for computer worm targeting nuclear systems.

In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer
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In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer

The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity initiative to promote stronger linkages between Russian academe and industry could help Russian universities...

Professor Wendy Hall Speaks
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Professor Wendy Hall Speaks

Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton says she is interested in "what makes the Web what it is, how it evolves and will evolve, what are the scenarios...

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Regulators Blame Computer Algorithm for Stock Market 'Flash Crash'

A new report calls the May 6 stock market flash crash the responsibility of an automated trade execution system that inundated the Chicago Exchange's e-trading...

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Middle School STEM Gets $12 Million NSF Infusion

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently gave a nearly $12 million grant to northern California middle schools to implement a program for STEM education that...

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One Program to Watch Them All: DARPA

The Pentagon’s surveillance net is massive. But it was holes and seams. Spy drone videos and communications intercepts may be aimed at the same target. Analysts...

Signing Made Easy
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Signing Made Easy

From video games to cell phone apps, making sign language easier to learn Put on the gloves. Turn on the camera and... action!

Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?
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Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?

A new effort to ensure that the government can gain back-door access to encrypted messages could thwart one of the most promising applications of physics for...

Stuxnet Worm Heralds New Era of Global Cyberwar
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Stuxnet Worm Heralds New Era of Global Cyberwar

Attack aimed at Iran nuclear plant and recently revealed 2008 incident at US base show spread of cyber weapons.

Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off
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Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off

The Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne is experimenting with flying robots that would create a communications network for rescuers in disaster areas. Researchers...

Computer Graphics to Help Streamline Green Building Design
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Computer Graphics to Help Streamline Green Building Design

Cornell University researchers are developing simulation software that streamlines the process of making buildings meet sustainability requirements, which will...

Computers to Read Your Body Language?
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Computers to Read Your Body Language?

Can a computer read your body language? A consortium of European researchers thinks so, and has developed a range of innovative solutions from escalator safety...

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Inside Stuxnet: Researcher Drops New Clues About Origin of Worm

The mysterious Stuxnet worm took center stage at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here with a prominent security researcher dropping a raw hint that Israel may...
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